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Many women have a love/hate relationship with the media. We grow up with it, are practically raised by it in some cases, and come of age looking to the media for clues as to the type of people, the type of women, we should become. According to the current beauty standards, the type of woman we should aspire to be is thin, white, wealthy and able-bodied. The most pervasive of those expectations in fashion magazines, at least, is thinness--we see it everywhere. Fashion week tries--and fails--to regulate the weight of their models.

We've already brought you the music of THEESatisfaction. Their funky beats and uplifting lyrics are a far cry from the misogyny of mainstream rap; Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White are like a breath of fresh air. In keeping with their too cool for school image, here are the girls in their first music video for "QueenS." Bonus points for all the fashion inspiration, ladies. [video:http://www.youtube.

The Occupy Movement is kicking it up a notch. Tomorrow, May 1st, Occupy is calling for a general strike of the 99%, a continuation of the historical May Day, which has been International Workers Day for over a century. Regardless of your political leanings, the hype around tomorrow's events calls for some attention.  In Bryant Park, there will be free food, a free market, public art, the Occupy Library, and a rehearsal for the Guitarmy, which will later be led by Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine. In Madison Square Park, the Free University will pop up.

  If you missed the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday, watch it here! It will have you rolling, seriously. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and opened by our president, Barack reminds us of just how cool he is by cracking some of the funniest jokes I have heard in a while. My favorite is: “Jimmy [Kimmel] got his start years ago on The Man Show. In Washington that’s what we call a congressional hearing on contraception.

File this under Reasons Why Rachel Maddow is the Dreamiest. On yesterday's Meet the Press, MSNBC's First Lady of political commentary sat down with Hilary Rosen, Alex Castellanos, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers to discuss the political climate and policy formation of the current administration while examining Romney's Republican campaign. This video is maybe the clearest example I've seen of the total breakdown of communication between the parties in this election.

I'm contemplating keeping a running tab of superfluous expenditures, compiling them into a rolodex, and calling it my "YOU-HAVE-TOO-MUCH-MONEY" file. I would whip it out when someone told me about their dog's new cashmere sweater or how they're planning to visit the Hamster Hotel. Today's entry? Australian billionaire Clive Palmer, a real estate tycoon from the Gold Coast, has decided to build Titanic II. As if Titanic I didn't make enough of a splash on its maiden journey (politically incorrect puns for your Monday morning).

And Ann Romney continued to prove just how out of touch she is with the American public when she said at the Connecticut Republican Party’s Prescott Bush Awards Dinner, “I love the fact that there are also women out there that don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids.” Repeat: “I love the fact that there are also women out there that don’t have a choice” This is coming from the potential First Lady of the United States. Mrs.

Here at BUST we love Instagram--it's a great way to share snapshots with your friends. But sometimes the internet just ain't enough for your dearest memories. Sometimes you want to rest your little head on them…or is that just me? Stitchtagram, the sister/brother team of Rachel and Doug Pfeffer, doesn't think that desire is too wild. They're offering up handmade pillows with digitally printed versions of your favorite Instagram shots.  It sounds like a sweet gift idea or a fun way to relive a vacation everyday.

French chanteuse soKo teams up with the LA Girls Choir gang for a lovely, arresting version of "How Are You" off her album I Thought I Was an Alien. The video, shot by Yours Truly (the collective, not me) , finds the group of gals in the beautiful Mojave Desert delivering a message of sustainability for Levi's Water Less campaign.  [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14TLFM5UdHw&feature=plcp 425x344] I'm into her airy voice and the simplicity of this stripped down version.

Foreign Policy magazine’s “Sex Issue” has been under the spotlight for the past few days, and not for the reason you might expect. Magazines titled “The Sex Issue” usually celebrate having sex and active sexualities – but not this one. This sex issue aims to consider “how and why sex –in all the various meanings of the word – matters in shaping the world's politics.” Fair enough.
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